50 Things That Make Me Happy (Part 6)

Most of you will know by now that every month I share a post on all the things making me happy. Sometimes we have bad days, sometimes we have great days, either way, it’s so important to not let the bad things get you down. For me, I’ve found that by practicing gratitude and listing all the things that make me happy, the few bad things pale in comparison and it makes me feel so much better.

It’s been a busy month since I shared my last 50 Things That Make Me Happy post. So much has been going on – I’ve been to some amazing events for Autumn product launches, I’ve been booking tours and started packing for my travels, but perhaps the most exciting thing of all is that today, my amazing sister is getting married! Eeek, excitement squeal!

We are back in my favourite place in the world, Ballymaloe House in Cork, where Dave and I got married last December and where my lovely sister is getting married today. It’s also the place where our other sister got married ten years ago so that will show you just how much we love it here.

Being with all my family in this place brings back so many amazing, special memories from my childhood and growing up, to all the family events we’ve celebrated here over the years. It really makes me extra grateful today for my wonderful family, hubby and all the great things I have in my life.

I’m also very grateful that I’ve had much of the Summer off work to focus on writing and growing my blog, and it’s really given me time to think about what actually makes me happy and what I want to do with the rest of my life. I’m not quite there yet but I think I’m going in the right direction anyway.

So here are the 50 things that are making me happy this month:

  • Wedding week
  • Product launches
  • Tea
  • Cosy jumpers
  • Candles
  • Book shopping
  • Laughing
  • Baking
  • Reconnecting with old friends
  • Obsessing over interiors on Pinterest

  • My new camera
  • Travel shopping
  • My new eyebrows
  • Hugs
  • Losing weight
  • Pretty flowers
  • Spring cleaning in September
  • Saturday nights on the couch
  • Taking trips down memory lane
  • Star prints

  • Writing
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Holiday packing
  • Meeting up with my fellow bloggers
  • Red wine
  • Slippers
  • Fresh autumn air
  • Getting dressed up for a night out
  • Spending time with those I love most in the world
  • Exploring new things

  • Having all my family together
  • Duvet days
  • Face masks
  • Pasta
  • Event planning
  • Walks in the park
  • Reading
  • Breakfasts with my parents
  • Hot Baths
  • Growing my social media following

  • Meditation
  • Travel research for our trip
  • Girly catch ups
  • Dark lip colors
  • Ballymaloe House
  • Making new memories
  • Daily holiday countdowns
  • Helpful people
  • Ankle boots
  • Being more mindful

If you’ve never sat down and written out all the things that make you happy, I really suggest giving it a try. There’s no better way to give yourself a good pick me up, especially if you’re not having the best of days.

Now I must run and go get beautified, bridesmaid duties call after all…

Happy Friday!

Sorcha x

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Silence

Every so often I share a Sunday Silence post, where I write about meditation, gratitude and mindfulness. Sundays are funny days, and I mean funny in the strange kind of way, they are usually quieter than the other bustling days of the week (for me anyway), and because of that, on Sundays I always try to take some time out to meditate and ponder a new week ahead.

I’ve suffered with varying degrees of anxiety for many years now and through the practice of meditation, gratitude and mindfulness, I have learned how to keep it at bay and not become so overwhelmed that I end up having a panic or anxiety attack. Well most of the time anyway. Many people are familiar with these words I’m sure, so many of us suffer from anxiety these days and I know I’m always looking for new ways to deal with it.

As I begin my meditation this evening and clear my mind for a new week ahead, I decided to share the Optimist’s Creed with you all. Many of you may be familiar with it, I came across it for the first time when I read the book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I read this to myself every single day and it has helped me in more ways than I can say:

 

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I hope you have some silence this Sunday, and I hope this helps to still your mind in the same way it has helped me.

Sorcha x

*Header image courtesy of Huffington Post

50 Things That Make Me Happy (Part 5)

It’s that time again, the time when I share all the things making me happy. Since my first happiness post which I wrote a few months back, I’ve received some lovely feedback from you all on how much you love reading these posts and how they make you think of all the things that make you happy too.

It’s so easy these days to get caught up in stress, in bad days, in money worries, in day-to-day mundane moments, that sometimes we forget to focus on all the positive and good things in our lives. We all have bad days, we all have struggles, we all have worries, but for me, I’ve found that by taking time to think about and write down all the things I’m grateful for, it’s easier for me to have a positive mindset.

I’m a firm believer in the law of attraction and getting back what you give out in this world. I’ve experienced first hand the benefits that practicing gratitude can bring many times over, particularly over the past few years, and therefore I try and practice it as often as possible in my daily life.

And while there is so much more involved in gratitude practice than just writing one blog post a month, this is my way of sitting back and reflecting over weeks gone by and being thankful for all the good things that I experienced.

So here it goes… All the things making me happy this month, part five:

  • Walks in the park
  • Girls nights out
  • Stickers
  • Water (the drinking kind)
  • Meditation
  • Makeup brushes
  • Lip balm
  • Sunny days
  • Telephones (for allowing me to speak to those far away)
  • Love

  • White nail polish
  • Travel quotes
  • Fruit (particularly berries)
  • Taking trips down memory lane with old friends
  • Laughing
  • The 90s backpack revival
  • Writing
  • Waterproof mascara
  • Holiday research
  • Sing songs


  • Staying up too late
  • Light weight t-shirts
  • Colourful flowers
  • Budda
  • Trips away with great friends
  • Face masks
  • Neckpieces
  • My new adventure camera for travelling
  • Long breakfasts with my parents
  • My new agenda


  • Dewy makeup
  • High heels
  • My new Lumee phone cover
  • Not having to wear socks
  • The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight
  • Birthdays
  • Nice pens to write with
  • Max Benjamin Stick Diffusers
  • Meeting and chatting to fellow bloggers
  • Family events

  • Gilmore Girls boxset marathons
  • Cocktails
  • Hugs from my hubby
  • Long drives
  • Sunsets on Dun Laoghaire pier
  • Snapchat filters
  • Playing and spending time with my friends little ones
  • Lunch dates
  • Booking hotels
  • Cosy nights in on the couch


As always the things I’m most grateful for are the people in my life and the little things that sometimes I just take for granted. My incredible family, my amazing friends, my wonderful hubby; all the things we are doing, all the memories we are making.

I’m not always positive, I have my bad days like everyone else. But no matter how bad our day, our week, our month, or no matter what is going right or wrong in our lives, there is always something positive if you just look hard enough. As the old saying goes; there is always, always something to be thankful for.

What’s making you happy this month?

Sorcha x

 

 

 

Hello August, Hello Blog

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It’s been a few days since I’ve blogged so apologies for the lack of contact and communication but Dave and I were away for a few days in Spain with some close friends of ours and I decided to take a few days off.

If you read some of my posts last week, you’ll know that for the first time since I started blogging, I’ve been experiencing some writers block, and just doubting my blogging content and writing overall really.

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Starting a blog was a scary endeavour, mainly because I began sharing my life with the world. So sometimes I wonder whether I’m doing the right thing. The right thing by me, the right thing by you, my readers.

When I’m going through times like this, I always come back to one thing – I love writing. But blogging is so much more than just writing. It’s photo taking, it’s idea making, it’s finding ways to write good, interesting content, it’s trying to find your niche, it’s trying to find a following. And that’s not always easy, it takes time, it takes patience, it takes effort, but most of all, it takes passion.

My little blog has been around for seven months now and sometimes I can’t believe I’ve got this far. I’m averaging about 2,500 views a month with about 1,500 unique visitors so it’s doing pretty well. I’m by no means up there with some of the brilliant bloggers that I love and follow, but I’m pretty proud of what I’ve achieved so far.

I do question myself, I do worry that I’m doing the right thing, I do wonder where it’s going to take me, if anywhere. I hope it takes me somewhere. I suppose the sky is the limit as they say, I just need to believe that it is so that I can reach for it.

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But I’ve had a few days off to reflect, to think, to reevaluate, and now it’s time to get back to writing, and sharing my thoughts, loves, likes, interests and adventures with you all.

So on that note, I’d really love for you to comment below or get in touch on my facebook, twitter or instagram and let me know your thoughts on my little blog, what you like reading, what you don’t like reading, and help me steer it back on course so I can keep on growing.

I so appreciate all of you who take the time to stop by and read or like or comment, without you there wouldn’t be a blog. So from me to you… Thank you!

Sorcha x

Monday Motivation

I had a bad day yesterday. I can’t describe why, there was nothing wrong, in fact life is pretty great at the moment, but I woke up in one of those moods where I just couldn’t face a thing. I was moody, I was grumpy, I was teary and I had no idea why. That kind of bad day…

But as I so often do on bad days, I turned to words. To writing, to blogging, to quotes. Some of you may already know this about me, but reading quotes is one of my favourite things to do. It seems a bit ridiculous really, but I just get enjoyment from reading, no matter what I’m reading, and yesterday was one of those days where I just needed to read.

I needed to escape into another world, away from my mind, my thoughts, my crankiness, and forget that I was actually having a bad day. I needed to focus on something else.

Given that it was Sunday, and Sunday is usually the day where I spend a few hours lusting over things on Pinterest, I decided that Pinterest quotes were going to be my words of escapism. Some made me laugh, some made me cry, mostly they just brought a smile to my face.

Yes, I admit it, I’m one of those ridiculously clichéd people who has a quote for nearly every scenario, who dreams because of words on a page, who really believes in the messages they give. I’ve always been like this, so much so my best friend used to worry about my state of mind if she’d find serious life defining quotes scattered around my bedroom. I was always fine! Maybe a bit moody, or dreamy, or sad, or lonely, but I was always fine. It’s just that words have always been how I’ve dealt with everything in my life. Writing, letters, reading, blogging, quotes… Words.

Anyway in the interest of moving on from my bad day, and spreading some Monday Motivation, I’ve decided to share some of the ones I came across with you all.

The rain has come, the sun has gone, and I feel like it’s just one of those Mondays that needs a little bit of a lift and a smile.










And lastly, I’m sorry, but I just can’t resist this one…!


I hope these brought a smile to your face today! 🙂

Sorcha x

Monday Musings: Taking Time for You

Well, apologies everyone, I haven’t posted since Friday and was meant to have my Rome In Outfits post live on Saturday but I’ve had a very hectic few days, and apart from that am still fighting off a wretched cold/flu thing and even managed to lose my voice on Friday. It still hasn’t properly come back, but I think I’m finally starting to get on the mend now.

Isn’t it funny how when you stop, your body sometimes stops too? As you know, I’ve had a lot of big things happen recently, what with finishing up in my job and taking some time out for myself. We’ve been travelling a lot which has been incredible, I’ve loved every single second of it, but the travelling has come to an end now for a few weeks and I think my body has had a reaction to all the non-stop running around and excitement.

Last week once we arrived home, my body started to tell me that I needed a break. I started to feel sick, and what do you know, woke up the next day feeling awful. Headaches, shivers, hot, cold, all the usual symptoms of the flu.

I am that kind of person who just tends to keep going, keep going, keep going until one day I literally can’t go anymore. I physically feel everything I do, when I’m excited I get so excited that I feel sick, when I’m worried I get so worried that I suffer from anxiety, when I’m stressed my psoriasis rears its ugly head, and when I’m really stressed and worried at the same time, well that’s when panic sets in.


I’ve always been this way, my family joke with me that when I was younger I would get so excited about things that I literally would be up all night the day before nearly getting sick. Does anyone else feel things as physically as I do?

So getting back to my cold/flu, I guess that’s why I’ve come down with something now. It’s been a rollercoaster of a few months with some very high, highs and some lows too. And I suppose getting sick is the body’s way of telling us that we need to have a balance.


So I’ve taken a few days out, today I am resting, taking things a bit easier and using some of my free time to de-stress, relax and just stop for a minute. It’s only a cold, I’ll be back to myself in no time, but for now I hope you’ll forgive my absence. 

Many of us like to start off a new week with Monday Motivation, and if ever there was a day for Monday Motivation today is the day. But motivation doesn’t have to mean being busy all the time, sometimes you need the motivation to rest and take some time out too, knowing that in the end you’ll be much better for it.


So on that note, make some time for yourself today, and maybe let today’s Monday Motivation be about you, not being busy, but being still, being at one with yourself, and taking some time out for you.

Sorcha x

Monday Moments

I’m very excited this Monday morning as not only was it the six month anniversary of my blog this weekend, but I also reached over 1,000 blog followers and 500 followers on my Instagram.

If you read my celebration post on Saturday, you’ll know that I went back and forth on the idea of whether or not to start a blog back in January. I didn’t know if I had anything good to say, or whether people would want to hear me either.

This morning, when I finally reached the 500 mark on Instagram I felt a real sense of achievement. It’s hard to build a good social media presence and you have to work hard at it, I’ve also had to learn about photography to try improve my photo taking skills.

So as I travel back from London Town where I spent the weekend with family, I’m feeling happy and thinking that maybe, just maybe, there are lots of exciting adventures to come with my blog.

So from me to you this sunny bank holiday Monday, thank you!

Sorcha x